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High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, Dr. Nissen, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, research, vitamin D

Some claim that vitamin D can lower blood pressure, but these claims are unproven. Vitamin D is essential for your health but too much is dangerous.


The Best Bypass Surgery Option

The Best Bypass Surgery Option for Diabetic Patients

Tags: bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

Diabetes complicates coronary bypass surgery, but one type of grafting in particular maximizes outcomes for diabetic patients as it does for many others.


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Alcohol May Cause You to Develop Irregular Heartbeat

Tags: alcoholic beverages, atrial fibrillation, Dr. Wilkoff, heart and vascular institute, risk factors

Even in moderation, alcohol may be hard on your heart. A new study finds that having as little as one to three alcoholic drinks per day may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). Here's why.


You've been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What? (Video)

Tags: digestive diseases, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophageal cancer, esophagectomy, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, thoracic surgeon, video

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you may be wondering what comes next. Most often, the answer is surgery — which can treat the cancer while providing a “new normal.”


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Running is a Life-Saver, Study Finds

Tags: cardiovascular disease, Dr. Phelan, exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, prevention, running

Little has been known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. Researchers at Iowa State University conducted a 15-year study of more than 55,000 adults and found that runners had a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke. Here's why.


How doctors ID the best treatment for esophageal cancer

How Doctors ID the Best Treatment for Esophageal Cancer (Video)

Tags: cancer, cancer stage, cancer surgery, chemotherapy, digestive diseases, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, radiation, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, doctors carefully determine how far the cancer has progressed – and that information guides treatment options.


Acid Reflux could be causing more Esophageal Cancer

What You Need to Know About a Cancer on the Rise (Video)

Tags: acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, heartburn, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, there’s a trend in the U.S., and it’s not a good one. This disease of the “food tube” is on the rise. Know your risk factors, including acid reflux.


Help for Achalasia

Help for Achalasia: What to Do if You’re Diagnosed (Video)

Tags: achalasia, digestive disease, digestive health, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, myotomy, poem, swallowing disorders, videos

The diagnosis of achalasia, a rare swallowing disorder, can be scary — but treatment doesn’t have to be. Many options are available, including medication and newer surgical approaches.


Technology provides new set of eyes for your heart surgery

How Modern Imaging Technology Enhances Your Heart Surgery

Tags: digital imaging, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, innovation, minimally invasive surgery, modern technology

Modern digital imaging allows surgeons to treat previously inoperable conditions; wired operating rooms give instant access to technology during a procedure


Surprising Scoop on Salt

The Surprising Scoop on Salt in Your Diet (Video)

Tags: Dr. Nissen, heart disease, heart healthy diet, heart videos, high blood pressure, salt, videos

Anyone with high blood pressure should aim for a low-salt diet, but a heart doctor says healthy people don't have to worry as much about salt.